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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 1, 2006 6:51pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Tom Waits

I would only add that "Hold On" from the same album is one of the most beautiful and soulful songs anyone has produced in years. The haunting bass line that underruns the song will give you shivers, but it is also an amazing example of the kind of song Bruce Springsteen ( a Waits fan himself, who popularized Tom's "Downtown Train") usually gets all the credit for writing.

The line about the woman swaying in the freezing cold when there's no music playing is sad and lovely all at once.

Great song, great album, great and underappreciated artist.

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Poster: Lynnesturn Date: Feb 1, 2006 8:05pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Tom Waits

As a Waits fanatic, I just had to add -- Springstein did "Jersey Girl", Rod Stewart took "Downtown Train". The "Hold On" line where he speaks of "it's so hard to dance when it's cold and there's no music" actually came his young daughter! They were riding on a bus and went by a person - I think I recall him actually saying in an interview that it was a transsexual or cross dresser or something, but anyway, the daughter made the comment that it must be hard to dance that way, etc. Have you heard "Postcard from a Hooker in Minneapolis?" Now there's a heartbreaking song. Also "Kentucky Avenue." I don't like songs that are written for no other reason than to be a tearjerker -- it's the way he sings the words that he writes that makes him head and shoulders above others. If you like "Hold On" I have to suggest the cd "Heartattack and Vine." (Am I beginning to sound like a stalker??)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 1, 2006 8:23pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Tom Waits

Ha! Not at all, and thanks for correcting me on something as a Waits fans I should never have got wrong--the Jersey Girl/Dntw.Train mix up (given how Stewart totally butchered and sucked all thr grit out of Dntwn Train I owe an apology to the Boss :-)

Yeah, I know the Heart Attack & Vine album as well and Postcard from a Hooker... similar tunes I like even better for imagery and down and dirty gritty bluesiness are "Wrong Side of the Road", and "Sweet little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun"...there's very little Tom has done that I don't just drool over (i'm probably less enamored though of his more recent releases w/the exception of Mule Variations)...

That's a cool story about "Hold On"...I wonder if enough of these posts will somehow move the forces of the universe to get some TW shows posted on the site!

GC